These days, a lot of people have a side-hustle to earn some extra cash and experience. Often, those side-hustles are the things we enjoy the most, and if that is the case for you, it’s worth wondering if you could develop it into your main business.
If you’re tempted, here are five tips for turning your side-hustle into a successful business:
Step into My Office….
There is a great misconception that getting official office or warehouse space for a business is imperative. The problem is, this can be so expensive, and it really doesn’t leave room for the growing pains of a new business at all.
A virtual office is a fantastic alternative as it can provide you with things like a mailing address, answering service, meeting rooms, and more. You get all this for one low cost, and you get to work from wherever you wish. It’s the perfect next step for a budding business that wants to present itself professionally, without the cost of a physical office.
Financially Straighten Up
Your side-hustle might seem like a great idea, but don’t risk your future by jumping in headfirst. Going into debt on a whim for this new business is not a good idea at all.
A better method is to continue with your day job, paying all your current bills while saving about a year’s worth of expenses at the same time. This should allow a smooth transition once the time is right.
You will need to create a budget, and it’s also worth talking to a tax agent now to ensure you know what your obligations will be as your side-hustle income transitions from being a hobby to a fully-fledged business.
Push Past Your Ego
When passionate about an idea, it’s human nature to be a touch egotistical, thinking it is bound to succeed because, well, it’s amazing. This kind of egoism is what leads to the failure of many startups.
It’s important to push past your personal biases and research the market. Did you know around 90% of startups fail? Two of the main reasons are lack of research and being in the wrong market. Give your side-hustle the best chance of success by researching the idea far beyond the bare minimum you think needs doing.
Look after Yourself
The leading source of stress amongst employees in America is workload. Now add to that a side-hustle, family pressures, social life, and all those daily errands and distractions, and you can see why you might be putting yourself at risk of burnout.
You have to fight the urge to work 24/7 on your new business idea if you want to ensure that you’re in great shape to nurture it moving forward. Exercise, eat well, and take time off – your side-hustle success depends on it.
If the pandemic has taught businesses anything, it’s that it is essential to be flexible in order to survive. You have the luck of having a day job and having not launched your side-hustle into something bigger just yet. Use this time to understand that you will need to be flexible in order to launch your business. If you’re ready to adapt, you’ll have a better chance of your side-hustle succeeding as a proper business moving forward.
Follow the tips above, and with any luck, your side-hustle could well become your main hustle in the future. Get set for a fantastic career that you truly love nurturing each and every day.